USC Athletics honors the best of fall and spring 2016 seasons along with 2015-16 and 2016-17 winter sports.
Tanner Jansen leads with 20 kills, 11 digs and 4 blocks on Senior Night.
Alex Slaught had 14 kills to lead the Trojans
CAREER: He has 459 kills (hitting .409), 236 blocks, 132 digs and 19 aces while appearing in 72 matches (starting 68 times) in his career.
2017: Benesh returns for his fourth year as a starting middle blocker as a senior in 2017 and could be in line for All-American honors ... He is USC's captain.
2016: He started for his third year as at middle blocker as a junior in 2016 ... Overall in 2016 while appearing in 20 matches (starting 18), he hit .377 (third on USC) with 109 kills, 52 blocks (second on USC), 37 digs and 15 aces (second on USC) ... He had double kills figures once, hit .500-plus 5 times, had 5-plus digs once and had 5-plus blocks 3 times ... A back injury sidelined him for USC's first 5 matches of 2016.
2015: He started for his second season at middle blocker as a sophomore in 2015 ... Overall in 2015 while appearing in 26 matches (starting 24), he led USC's regulars in hitting percentage (.394) and blocks (93), while also getting 160 kills and 45 digs ... He had double kills figures 3 times, hit .500-plus 7 times, had 5-plus digs once and had 5-plus blocks 7 times ... He was named 2015 AVCA All-American honorable mention and All-MPSF honorable mention ... He was the MPSF Player of the Week (March 30) for his performances against UC Santa Barbara and UCLA (career bests of 16 kills and 6 digs while hitting .483 and getting 3 blocks versus UCSB and 13 kills, hitting .600, and 2 blocks versus UCLA, both 5-set comeback wins) ...
2014: He started all 26 matches in which he appeared as a first-year freshman middle blocker in 2014 ... Overall, he led USC's regulars in hitting percentage (.443, just shy of the rally scoring era school record of .446) and blocks (91), and he also had 190 kills (third on USC) and 60 digs ... He was fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.443, second in MPSF) ... He had double kill figures 5 times, hit .500-plus 14 times and had 5-plus blocks 7 times ... His .789 hitting percentage versus UC Irvine and his 10 blocks vs. US Santa Barbara were 2014 USC match highs (the hitting mark was also tops in the MPSF in 2014) ... He made the 2014 Off The Block Freshman All-American team and All-MPSF honorable mention, as well as the MPSF All-Freshman team ... He was named the Off The Block Co-National Freshman of the Week for his home performance against No. 7 UC Irvine (career-high 15 kills while hitting .789) and No. 3 Pepperdine (9 kills while hitting .444) ...
HIGH SCHOOL: He made the 2013 AVCA High School Senior All-American first team, Volleyball Magazine All-American first team, Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list, South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area first team and All-Bay League first team as a senior at Palos Verdes High in Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.) ... He had 360 kills and 74 blocks in 2013 ... As a junior, he earned 2012 All-Bay League first team and South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area second team honors ...
PERSONAL: He was a member of the 2015 U.S. Men's Junior National Team that competed at the Under-21 Pan American Cup in Canada (silver medal) and FIVB Unver-21 World Championship in Mexico, as well as with the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that competed in the Pan American Cup in Reno ... He was a member of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 NORCECA Men's U21 Continental Championship in El Salvador ... He won a silver medal at the 2013 AAU Junior Beach National Championships ... He was a member of the 2012 USA Youth National Training team and the USA Youth A1 Beach National Training team ... His Southern California Volleyball Club squad won the 17 gold medal at the 2012 USA Junior National Championship and he made the 17 Open All-Tournament team ... He also made the All-Tournament team at the 2012 USA High Performance Championship International Division ... He is a communication major at USC with a B+ average (3.40 GPA) ... He made 2015 MPSF All-Academic ... Birthdate is March 14, 1995.
Career single-match highs: 16 kills (UC Santa Barbara, 2015), 6 digs (Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State, 2014, UC Santa Barbara 2015), 10 blocks (UC Santa Barbara, 2014)